More flights agreed between UK and China

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP September 16, 2014 19:42

More flights agreed between UK and China

The UK and China have agreed a deal allowing more passenger flights between the 2 countries, following talks initiated by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The deal was announced by the Chancellor at the China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in London on September 12, 2014).

McLoughlin launched negotiations on improved air links during a visit to China last October. The previous agreement, last updated in 2011 limited both countries’ passenger airlines to a maximum of 31 return services per week in each direction serving up to 6 destinations in each country.

The new deal will increase that weekly maximum available to both countries to 40 direct flights in each direction, giving airlines more freedom to continue to expand into this growing market.

It also allows for more flexibility on the destinations served by flights, allowing UK airlines to serve up to three more Chinese cities than they do today.

Patrick McLoughlin said: “A crucial part of our long term economic plan is better trade links with key markets like China. Providing airlines from both countries the room they need to grow in this rapidly expanding market will ensure the UK can truly compete on the global economic stage.”

As well as allowing both countries nine extra direct scheduled air services per week in each direction, the new agreement enables UK airlines greater freedom to ‘code share’ with Chinese carriers on their routes within mainland China.

Hainan Airlines has also been authorised by the Department for Transport to run a direct flight between Beijing and Manchester, although this has not been confirmed by the airport.

Speaking at the UK-China Bilateral Investment Conference on Friday, the Chancellor said: “We are increasing opportunities for airlines to operate more services, and to introduce new routes, between the UK and China.”

“I am delighted to welcome the announcement that China Hainan Airlines has received authorisation for a direct new flight between Beijing and Manchester.”
He said they were also streamlining the visa process, making it easier for Chinese visitors with measures like letting approved tour groups fogo the need for a transit visa.

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